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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Aminah Davis"
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 15:41:28 -0800

Dear love one,

It's my pleasure to write you this message, please pardon me if you found this in your junk email due to the bad internet network. I am Mrs. Aminah Davis from Syria and my late husband was from California, USA who worked with Shell Development Company in Syria for Seventeen years before he died due to the Syria Earthquake. My late husband, we have been together for 30 years with no children. I only survived the earthquake because I was in the hospital, i have cancer of the lungs which my doctor told me that I may not live longer than required due to my health condition. When my late husband was alive we both deposited our investment savings which is the sum of US$25M in a security firm in the United State for safe keeping. I am looking forward to seeing someone who can use this money in charitable works. More details will be made known to you upon your response.

Mrs. Aminah Davis.

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